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Australia to allow 10,000-strong sports crowds from July

Getty ImagesAustralian prime minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that crowds of up to 10,000 people will be allowed into the country’s sports stadiums from July. The update on national coronavirus social distancing restrictions comes as neighbouring New Zealand prepares to open up sports venues at full capacity having eliminated the spread of Covid-19. The changes in Australian guidelines for sports venues only apply to stadia with capacities of 40,000 or under. All visitors must be ticketed and seated with social distancing rules in place, and attendance will be limited to 25 per cent of the venue's capacity. New Zealand sport gets green light for fans to sell out stadiumsThat rules out the likes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval for now, as larger venues are considered more difficult to enforce social distancing measures. "We will be moving, as part of step three, for events in stadia or other venues of that nature with a capacity of 40,000 or less to enable attendance at those events," Morrison told reporters.

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